Invasive Ant in CaliforniaDr. Jim Fredericks
Monday, May 5, 2014
Invasive species can be detrimental to an ecosystem because
they may not have any natural predators to help control them and
they take resources from native species. A colony of non-native
‘big-headed’ ants was found in Costa Mesa,
California, leaving local entomologists searching for clues as
to how the ants were introduced to the area.
These ants are
originally from Africa and have been found in humid areas including
Hawaii and Florida.
Entomologists are also working to determine how the state can
best control the invasive species.